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Longtime Oklahoma Journalist John Wylie on Senate Bill 1003 (Re: Environmental Audit Immunity)

Aired on Tuesday, April 9th.

Our guest is the veteran and award-winning Oklahoma journalist, John Wylie, former publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader. He recently wrote a blog post -- headlined "Mother Earth's Guardian Angel or Corporate Greed"s Satanic Shield?" -- about the controversy surrounding the now-under-consideration Senate Bill 1003, which would protect internal corporate environmental, health, and safety audits from public exposure or even court view. As Wylie notes in his post, the "combatants can't even agree on its name. Backers say it would entice chemical and energy industries to make safety and stringent environmental protection core corporate values. They call it an 'environmental or health and safety law.' Foes say it rewards corporate polluters who violate health and safety laws by dodging responsibility or even public disclosure...[and so they] call it the 'Pollution Secrecy Act' or 'Right to Know Nothing Bill.'" Also on our program, commentator Connie Cronley offers a short essay titled "Naming Our Machines."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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